Annex SL explained: in brief

Annex SL explained: in brief

Management System Concepts
The biggest change to come to ISO management system standards (MSS) in recent years is the so-called "Annex SL". Annex SL is a high-level structure (HLS) described in ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1  which provides direction to standards writers by setting out guidelines which include a generic structure for requirements as well as common terms and text. About time, I say! Before Annex SL Comparing other management system standards of the past (e.g. ISO/IEC 27001:2005 and ISO 9001:2008) you can see that the underlying concepts and approach are basically the same. They all address requirements such as scoping, policy, roles and responsibilities, competency, operations, internal audit, management review, corrective action, and others. However, they have historically each told us the same thing in different ways. For example, in ISO 9001:2008 the requirement for…
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Integrated management systems

Management System Concepts
Imagine a small, family owned corner shop. It sells sweets, greeting cards, telephone sim cards, and flowers, and has been in business for the last 50 years as it is passed down the family tree. It serves its customers from 8 am to 5 pm every day, except Sundays. As the local florist, it also provides a flower delivery service and customers can place orders on its website. In order for the shop to continue to be profitable and to build its reputation over the years, it must consider and manage many issues; and as we know, things are always changing. For example, the shop's owners must ensure that they continue to comply with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements. This could entail the need for good accounting practices to…
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